Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chicago Field Museum Review

Chicago CityPass gets you an all-access pass to the Chicago Field Musuem. Including a 3D movie and any special exhibits. This is a review of our experience.  

If visiting Chicago with a CityPass seems right for your travel plans, buy one here 
*Remember CityPass is valid for 9 days after the 1st use.

Time: at least 3-4 hours. You can easily spend a full day here.

Sue. Short name, big bones.
For the sake of full disclosure, the Field Museum was our favorite part about Chicago. We embrace our bias.
When first walking in you are greeted by Sue, the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever discovered. Hi Sue!

 After saying “Hi” to Sue you must check out the FREE guided tours at the information desk. Our docent could’ve been David Attenborough’s American-Egyptologist brother. He gave an amazing, engaging, FREE, 1.5 hr and easy to understand tour through the Egypt exhibit. Translating the hieroglyphs, pointing out everyday Egyptian culture, and explaining Egypt’s economy, we left the exhibit knowing so much more! We wish this guy was our high school history teacher. It really was one of the highlights of the entire trip, and we highly recommend this Egypt exhibit tour.

Our Chicago CityPASS also got us into the Special Exhibit of Ghengis Khan. Wow, for a historical figure that is mentioned so often, we knew surprisingly little about him. Did you know his empire invented using bows for string instruments? European adventurers shared this back home and stringed instruments in Europe went from being just plucked to using a bow too. Who knew?

We could go on and on about the amazing-ness that is the Field Museum. Their Burmese gem collection, dinosaur fossils, underground adventure, their exotic bug collection, Ancient Americas, the Tsavo (read man-eating) lion exhibit are just a few of the Field Museum exhibits you can see. As we left a school band played the theme from Jurassic Park next to Sue. How fitting, eh?

We walked out saying “Wow our world is amazing!” Yes, yes, it is.

And we paid half the price to do it with our Chicago CityPASS.